Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait

Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait

by John Carlin
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Knowing Mandela: A Personal Portrait by John Carlin

Equal parts freedom fighter and statesman, Nelson Mandela bestrode the world stage for the past three decades, building a legacy that places him in the pantheon of history's most exemplary leaders.

As a foreign correspondent based in South Africa, author John Carlin had unique access to Mandela during the post-apartheid years when Mandela faced his most daunting obstacles and achieved his greatest triumphs. Carlin witnessed history as Mandela was released from prison after twenty-seven years and ultimately ascended to the presidency of his strife-torn country.

Drawing on exclusive conversations with Mandela and countless interviews with people who were close to him, Carlin has crafted an account of a man who was neither saint nor superman. Mandela's seismic political victories were won at the cost of much personal unhappiness and disappointment.

Knowing Mandela offers an intimate understanding of one of the most towering and remarkable figures of our age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062323958
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 945,564
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)
File size: 725 KB

About the Author

John Carlin is an acclaimed journalist and author who was the Independent's South Africa correspondent from 1989 to 1995. He has also written for the Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times, among other publications. His previous books include Knowing Mandela and Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, which is the basis for the film Invictus.

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Callo More than 1 year ago
Over the years, I came to admire Nelson Mandela for his accomplishments. However, I didn't really take th e time to understand all that he endured or the amazing, extraordinary feats he managed to do, in spite of formidable opposition. What an enjoyable, enlightening book!! All the corrupt politicians in this country should follow his example. (Not likely).